Excerpt: The Witcher is the tale of Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher by trade. Witchers are monster hunters that are strong in both body and mind. Not only are they masters of blade and magic, they can also brew different alchemical potions that are used to boost their natural abilities.
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Excerpt: The Witcher is a role-playing game from Eastern European developer CD Projekt Red. It is based on the works of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and it uses a modified version of BioWare’s Aurora engine (which was designed for the original Neverwinter Nights ).
Excerpt: Polish author Andrzej Sapkawski's novels, detailing the exploits and struggles of the monster-slaying "witcher," were first adapted as comic books. A film, television series, and pen and paper RPG followed. Thanks to CD Projekt, the story is now playable in video game form on the PC.
Conclusion: Overall, The Witcher delivers on its promises. While an ardent RPGer might miss the expansive free roaming of Oblivion, the highly absorbing storyline (which has been deliberately avoided in this review so as not to spoil it for those who buy the game on this strength) coupled with a game that, for...
Excerpt: The Witcher the game is set in a world created by best-selling Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The game combines action and an intriguing storyline. The player takes on the role of a Witcher, a warrior who has been trained to fight since childhood, subjected to mutations and trials that have...
New battle mechanics, a fantastic storyline, and a gritty setting make The Witcher one of the most engrossing, mature RPGs to arrive on the PC in years.
5 November 2007
Summary: Don't be afraid of change. Even though The Witcher may scare off some people with inventive combat that replaces comfortable old rapid-fire clicking with rhythmic sword swinging, there is no need to avoid one of the deepest, most adult role-playing games to hit the PC in years.
Pros: Dark, foreboding world that looks, sounds, and feels lived in, Fantastic story populated by realistic NPCs with realistic problems, Innovative new combat mechanics add depth in place of mindless clicking, Cinematic visuals and a superb soundtrack
Cons: Could have done a better job introducing the new combat mechanics, Odd dialogue and somewhat cheesy voice acting
Conclusion: The best thing that The Witcher has going for it is that, despite the many technical issues, I can’t stay away from it. The intriguing narrative, interesting characters, extremely well-executed decisions/consequences system, and the fun action combat keep calling me.
Excerpt: The Witcher, if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve not been following, is a third person RPG developed by CDPROJEKT and published by Atari based on the works of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and uses the popular Aurora engine, which in turn is the driving force behind the ever popular Neverwinter Nights series.